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My DH and I both spin and use most of the wool ourselves. I am going to have some of the wool made into twin size quilt bats because I would need to piece them for most of quilts anyway.

I got started on quilting my t-shirt quilt. Our quilt guild does a program called PMS Blocks (Please make some). Each month a members gives a pattern for a block and we make as many as you like. For each block made you get a chance to win the blocks but if you win you cannot win again until you complete a project with the blocks. I made my blocks for this month. Then I volunteered to plan the pattern for the Apr. meeting. I hope to make my block today.

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I'm really learning a ton from you too Julie. Does the micron testing help identify the ply or weight of yarn it can be spun into? And do you sell it or spin it yourselves? I know you must spin some of it because we saw the awesome yarn. And I can't wait to see pics of the lambs!!!! :)

Yesterday did no sewing but I did get a really good walk in after work. I'm looking forward to today's as well. And then I might take another crack at Delilah.

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Haven't been on this thread much lately so I thought I'd stop in. When scrolling down saw Julie's pic. That will make up into a very neat quilt Julie.
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We saw our first hummingbird this afternoon. It must be one that was here last year cause he knew right where all the feeders were. Also this evening the woods across the street were full of lightening bugs. This is the earliest I have ever seen them.

We did our errands this morning and took our hike after lunch. Met a very nice man on the trail who is out learning where all the trails are and how they connect. It was nice to see someone else out enjoying the woods.

Didn't get my binding cut today, DH and I did some yard work instead. Hopefully tomorrow.

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We finished organizing fleeces and getting them bagged. We left the last one out so we can start picking the dirt and grass out of it once the weather gets a little better. It has been rainy and gray around here the last few days.

Not to much going on around here.

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Julie, I am learning so much about wool from you. There is a fiber guild where my parent's live, I would love to have one closer to us. They work with many types of fiber, but mostly wool and cotton.

Kelly (our house guest) returned from spring break today. She has found a place to rent and will be moving out in 2 weeks. I am going to miss her, but certainly understand wanting a place of your own. She will be coming over to sew from time to time, and wants us to take her hiking, so I'll still be seeing her. And there is always Thursday night family dinners.


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Bev, we have 5 of the 18 lambs from last year. DH couldn't bring himself to take the lambs to the auction house so we ended up with 4 more than planed. We hope with only 5 ewes bred we will have a more manageable number of lambs.

It is cool and damp but we are going to go work with the fleeces in the barn. We need to collect samples for our home work and DH is going to send some of the wool sent in for micron testing. They measure the thickness of the wool fibers.

I hope to start quilting my t-shirt quilt this afternoon or tomorrow.

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Julie, do you still have last year's lambs? I guess they are now sheep.

We have some friends in town for the weekend, so they went hiking with us this morning. While trying to hustle up a little steep place, DH pulled a muscle in his leg. We iced it when we got home, but he still had to go to work with it sore. Hopefully he will take it easy tonight.

We had some storms blow through, so I unplugged the long arm, just in case. Did get almost through with the last of the flowers. The last border will take only about 20 minutes to do, so tomorrow I should finish it up!!!!

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We ended up getting the sheep sheared yesterday afternoon, so no sewing. It is nice to have the shearing completed. The next big event will be lambing starting in mid April. We only bred 5 ewes so are hoping for a dozen lambs.

We are meeting my family in the Wisconsin Dells this afternoon. They are having a winter holiday at one of the resorts with water parks.

I am going to get the t-shirt quilt on my long arm while I do laundry this AM.

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Carol, if we win the lottery DH wants to buy all the houses and tear them down so we will have a private lake. Like that's gonna happen.

Nancy, this pair nested in the same place last year. They became accustomed to us feeding them and will actually peck on the basement door. They get a bit testy but not really aggressive. Since our last duck has died we will not be feeding them this year, so that may change.

Amy, I love sitting outside and working on my quilts.

Had a long day at work today. I do hope everyone is over their viruses, and I don't get one.



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Grocery shopping, T-shirt shopping, post office, tax stuff, cooked for 1pm and now am going to sew. Have a great day.

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I sat outside and finished binding my last UFO from last year (I had 7 tops to quilt). Notice, I said last year (still have a few hanging around from waaaaay back!). It got up to 70 degrees here. I just couldn't stay inside and clean. Those days are far and few between--and I needed a chance to soak up some of that Vitamin D.

Julie that picture is great. It will be a wonderful quilt. Please share some pictures of it as you make it.

Now that the temp has dropped and my project is done, I will work on some house stuff.

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Not to much happening today. I hope to sew and do laundry this afternoon.

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Bev - I'm surprised you could get that close to the nest. Last year, while visiting my client, a Canadian goose built a nest under a tree in teh parking lot. If anyone got close, the male goose would come charging and honking!

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Cute picture Julie. Maybe you and your husband need to buy up all the houses around you, fix them up and sell them to people you like. Or rent them out. Buy up the whole lake front, one at a time. Check with your neighbors family and make a low ball offer! Who knew you could be fixer uppers! I will come up and help you! Caorl

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Julie, I love the picture. It will make a beautiful quilt.

Today was another beautiful day. The folks were back next door, so I stopped to see if they were going to be my new neighbors. But they were just hired to clean the remaining items from the house, so sadly no.

When we got home from our walk, the cat had killed a small bunny and was proudly displaying it on the front sidewalk. Once we saw it, she left and the dog buried it in the back yard. We also got a peek in the Canada Goose next and there are 3 eggs so far.

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Our sheep shearing didn't happen last night. Hoping for Saturday, but the sheep had to be shut in the barn because it supposed to rain.

We did a little shopping today. I ordered a 24 x 24 inch copy of this picture my DH took last summer. I hope to use it as a pattern for my 2017 Wisconsin Sheep Festival Quilt. I plan to use the picture as the center than do log cabin blocks around the outside.



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Welcome to our new member! I am happy to say that I finished quilting the last top that I had saved for a winter project. I still have to trim and bind it. I made a new recipe for pork tenderloin last night and enjoyed it (I have it posted in the March nutrition section). I'm thrilled to be able to put all of my machine quilting gear away. I quilt in the kitchen and I want my kitchen back! Spring has sprung--well according to the calendar that is.

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Ooh, germination in egg shells sounds so good.

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Welcome Ginger. Carol

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Wow, Julie. It seems like you just had them sheared. Time does fly by.

We came back from our hike and there were people cutting the grass in the neighbor's (the one turned over to the bank) yard. Then this afternoon there was a lot of sawing and hammering coming from the basement. Not sure if the bank is having work done, or someone has bought the house. If they are there tomorrow I may be nosy and go ask them. Guess I need to number the houses in the order they became empty and up for sale.



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Julie I love the colors or your wool.

Meg Spring house cleaning is not fun always but it can be if you find things you forgot about. Egg shells are loaded with good stuff for the plants so keep them going. Grind up some when the plants are in the ground and salt the ground around them.

Carol things will get better

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Carol,

I think your fractured quilt is beautiful and I know you put a great deal of work into it. I'm new to the group and new to quilting. I've been sewing clothes since high school but never have attempted a quilt until this year. I've invested in a "new" used Janome sewing machine and I"ve been collecting fabric for quilt I plan to make for my son who is a hunter and outdoorsman. I figured if I made a mistake on it, he would never notice it so thought my first quilt would be for his bedrooom.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone and hoping to learn lots of good tips and ideas about quilting.

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We are having our sheep sheared this evening so need to get final arrangements done.

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Carol, your family has been on my mind today. I do hope things are getting better.

Meg, I do think it is to help the roots.

While checking the neighbors houses today, I found a Canada goose on her nest. This is the same one on the same nest from last year.



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You are doing well Amy! Finally some good news for my son and family! My son works for the AF base at Tyndall. He was at our local base but wasn't being paid much so he took a chef position at Tyndall with higher pay and more responsibility and potential for promotion. He just found out they are sending him to the Culinary Institutes of America in San Antonio in both April and May for additional training. I am so happy for him as he has worked in food service since he graduated from college and has never been fully appreciated. Now, they seem to really like him at Tyndall. He's away from family but at least home on the weekend and holidays. Carol

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Julie--all that wool dying and sheep info is fascinating.
As for me, I am getting all caught up with health preventive tasks. My new doctor has given me some calcium and vitamin D guidelines that she wants me to try to achieve. This won't be easy for me for a number of reasons. I have tried soy milk and am doing o.k. with a little of this. I'll try a few of her other recommendations. I'm going to have to search for a good list of calcium values in various food sources and see how I tolerate them. It is another project to do--but worthwhile. I don't want osteoporosis to develop. I am back to losing a few more pounds, but I have shrunk so my goal will be adjusted down by a few more!!! It is never ending--but I am so very close now!

I hope to get to work on my quilt project more soon.

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The fractured quilt that I made was actually a pattern from Annie's that was in a book. It looked nothing like the quilt I ended up with because I cut half my blocks wrong and then I just put it together. www.pinterest.com/pin/23165397456396
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I'm going to take a class and learn how to do a fractured quilt. They are so intriguing.

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Not to much going on here today we just got back from getting groceries. I am going to clean out a cupboard in the kitchen than settle back and relax. I may try to finish getting my t-shirt quilt on the long arm or work on my Splendid Sampler blocks.

Have a good day.

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We're starting spring cleaning this weekend. I am absolutely not looking forward to it. Does anybody actually look forward to it though? LOL.

Carol - That sounds like an incredibly difficult road they've travelled. They will stay in my thoughts for an easier way forward.

Bev - I'm guessing that they're broken open to keep the plants from getting root bound.

Julie - I know it's not quilting related, but I just think it's so neat that you guys farm sheep and love hearing about what you're doing with them.

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We officially let our housekeeper go yesterday so cleaning will fall on us again. Maybe this is a good thing. I think when you have someone else come in to clean, you neglect doing it yourself and things get cluttered. I really wanted to be home sewing or cleaning or something yesterday but had to help in the move of my son's family. This family has been through a lot in 20 years of marriage. Two preemies with health problems, unemployment, low paying jobs, moving numerous times, losing their home, and finally now, maybe they will get settled with two decent jobs even though my son works 2 hours away from home. And continued health issues. But things should be bright from now on, at least I hope they will be. Carol

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Meg, my mother starts hers in egg shells. She always cracks the shell when she plants them, not sure if it is important, but she does.

Julie, I will be starting my spring cleaning this week, too. Gonna start with the closets and continue my one bag a day. My mom's church is having a yard sale April 22, so that is my deadline.

We had another beautiful day today. DH starts his 7 on today, so we only got a short hike in this morning. Tomorrow it will be in the 80's. Maybe a float in the kayak?

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Thanks for comments on my wool colors. We are making more yarn to play some more once flowers start blooming.

I am starting my spring cleaning starting with the downstairs bathroom, scrubbed walls etc and am now waiting for the floor to dry so I can put things back.

We are going to try washing wool today. We are going to start with the polypay so if we mess it up we will have plenty more to use. Our sheep get sheared on WEDS.

Have a good day.

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That sounds interesting, Meg, about the egg shells. After raking and pulling weeds yesterday, I am more enthused about the gardening and making things look pretty. Carol

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I love how your dyed wool turned out! How gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

The snow is finally melting here. We probably have another day or two before it's all gone. I had a really productive weekend. I got my templates for Delilah cut and some of them sewn. And I got a good reminder about how much I dislike sewing curves. I should finish my two blocks for this template this week and be ready for April's when they show up. I'm also pretty certain that I'll be able to do the entire quilt completely from stash. And then I've still got my pillow cover and cafe curtain to finish as well.

For non-sewing stuff, I separated seedlings and repotted my tomatoes. I'm continuing on with the egg shell experiment. We started tomato seeds in the regular little peat pots and also some in egg shells. And the ones that we started in egg shells are almost twice as big as the ones we started in peat. So from now on I'll be saving egg shells starting in December to use to start my seeds in. It''s like you get a free dozen seed starters with every carton of eggs. ;) Anyway, we ground up the left over tops of the egg shells and added them in to the soil in the 3 inch transplant pots and hopefully next week it'll be warm enough to get them outside for a few hours during the day. We also repotted some cactus that were getting crowded into new separate pots. And repotted a peace lily into a pot that will look nice in the guest bedroom.

We got our taxes done which was a big relief. And I made fresh bread and a healthy stew that will be leftovers for lunch this week.

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The dyes are beautiful. You can make some really nice mittens with those.

Today was an absolutely beautiful day. The sky was crystal blue, it got up to 70, and the birds and lizards were out having a great day in the woods. There were 2 other cars parked at the trail head when we got there, but we didn't see anyone on the trail. We hiked 3 miles, then spent some time in the hammocks enjoying the sounds. It was a great day.

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Oooh those dyes are so cool!

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The dyes are gorgeous!

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love the dyes! Carol

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I was hoping to spend my day sewing but I ended up waiting for a hay delivery. DH was going out to help a friend so I was going to be home alone. I was afraid I wouldn't hear Wayne when he got here with the hay so I watched some basketball and spun. I need get to do some sewing. I finished the back of the t-shirt quilt and hope to get the quilt on my long arm soon.

This is a picture of our natural dye efforts:



This is Woolly Whispers, the quilt I made for our neighbor who take care of our sheep when we are out of town.



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Yes, good on the exercise. I still have to gear myself to walk out the door. yesterday, I sewed here at home and then went to the guild day for lunch. Took a salad and an apple and wore a shirt and pants that really showed off the weight loss. This morning, the two pounds that has been trying to hang on has left and I hope it stays gone. No further loss but at least I can say I am down 16 lbs! That is a lot of weight to lose. I have about 6 weeks to go until my sister comes back from her 4 month cruise and I hope to be down another 8. I took my fractured quilt to the guild and sandwiches and pinned it. Started the quilting process yesterday. Since it is sort of a stained glass quilt, I am quilting inside each section and leaving the dark lines unquilted. Hope this works out. Carol

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Good for you MWESTICH. My DH had plantar fasciitis and a massage therapist recommended he roll a hard ball (she gives out super balls from a toy store) under his foot. It seemed to help.

Well, we now have 4 empty houses on our block, all of them around me. I promise I bathe regularly. It certainly is dark outside with no neighbors.



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I am still trying to learn names here. It is Pam that lost this week 1.6. Congrats!



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Hope everyone is off to a good start on Saturday. I have been very diligent on the elliptical--not my favorite thing, but I can do it. I have had a lot of trouble with plantar fasciitis for the last year and had pretty much quit working out at all. In December I was pretty discouraged with the weight creeping up and generally feeling old and blah. I determined that I would start with 1 minute of the elliptical and add a minute a day up to 30 minutes by the end of the month. I was embarrassed at how hard it was at the lowest resistance setting. But I persevered and now am at 30 minutes most every day at level 13 resistance. My favorite exercise always was the Firm workouts. They do steps and weights. I took a chance and did one today. Survived and enjoyed. I'll see how the knees feel tomorrow. As to the plantar fasciitis, I found the bones on the side of my foot had started to hurt and was concerned I was damaging my foot by walking on it wrong because of the pain. I called the chiropractor to see if they treat that and he said, "Sure." I was surprised. He showed me how to do a really deep, hard massage in the middle of my foot. I have been doing it all week and I can really tell a difference. I thought at best I would just learn to manage the pain, but he seems to think if I am diligent to do this massage and ice it properly, it will heal completely. So thankful!

As to quilting, I have made progress on a lap quilt I am making. I had some black fabric with royal purple and pink flowers that I really liked. I am making a quilt that has large blocks of the black to showcase it, and greens and light around it. I am a bit unsure of my coordinating colors. My daughter in law and 4 grands were here yesterday evening and I worked on it for a while, but quit to rest. This morning with fresh perspective, I think I like it. Not sure how much I will get done. Lots of cleaning and stuff to do. Worked on taxes and business stuff for my husband first off. I hope I may get the piecing done.




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I hope everyone is having a good start to the day. I'm going to spend most of my day in my sewing room. If DH wants to do something he knows where I am.

Have a great day.

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From guild thursday, I brought home 4 magazines, thought I would go through them and then pitch them. However, 3 of them have some good patterns in them. Oh, well, add to the stack I have already. Carol

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We changed our hiking routine today. Parked at a forest service road and hiked the road for about 3 miles, then cut through an old narrow gauge rail bed to the trail and took the trail back to the car. Meena chased a couple of turkeys into the woods and came back all happy and pleased with herself. Silly dog.

The grands went to Florida with their aunt to visit the other grand parent's for spring break. It will be very quiet around here, maybe I can finish the wedding quilt.

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Took a much needed long nap today. tomorrow is national quilting day and guess what I am doing? I'm coking a pork sirloin roast and not sure exactly what it is but I'm going to cover it with cabbage and see how it goes. I think it is supposed to be a tender cut of meat and cook a short time but not sure. My husband bought it at the commissary so we will see. Carol

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I just spent some time working on my spinning homework. We have to do a 10 breed study so I started writing up the breed profiles, until we can start washing the wool.

Not to mush going on today.

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Overwhelmed to say the least. Taking one task at a time and knocking it out. This morning I looked all over for the block of the month directions that I had done for guild. Finally found it tacked up on my design wall where I safely put it. Got to stop overbooking myself. Carol

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Our housekeeper was necessary when my MIL was with us. He just did basic dusting, vacuuming, bathrooms ... We still had to do windows, baseboards, shampoo carpets ... But at least I could do that when I had the time, basic cleaning was done. And he charged $45/week for 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 2 living rooms. Thought that was a good deal. When my job was done away with, I had lots of time to do it myself.

One thing I started doing when my girls were young was spend 10 minutes cleaning in each room everyday. Yes, I set a timer and when 10 minutes were up, I left that room and went to the next one. That didn't include vacuuming, did that all in one day. Now I do most of my cleaning and laundry on Sunday and Thursday after the grands go home. Sewing room gets done after I finish a quilt.

Meg I can sympathize with your sandwich generation. I think it has gotten harder to manage finances than it used to be. My parent's just don't get (or trust) on-line anything. DH and I are both only children, so it all falls to us.

Amy, cleaning is good exercise. My mother had a doctor tell her to put her pots and pans on the bottom shelves, plates on the top shelves so she would be forced to bend and stretch. He said regular simple movements would do a world of good for her mental health.

Today was another 10 hour work day and I'm tired. DH had to meet the bus and fix dinner, he did a good job. Tomorrow I hope we get a hike in, DH went today and saw deer on the trail.

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About 15+ years ago I had a cleaning lady. But we didn't like the job she was doing and it seemed we were scheduled around her other jobs - sometimes I'd come home from work and she hadn't finished up yet. So we let her go. DH & I did the housework on weekends as best we could with me traveling so much. I don't care for it, but it saves money. I need to set up a schedule like Julie does to do a little every day. I have found the FlyLady system helps, especially with setting routines and decluttering 15 minutes at a time.

I will have to check with my doctors' offices to see if I have allowed my husband to have access to medical records and results. That's one thing I hadn't thought of.

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Cleaning is not my favorite thing to do. I need to make myself a cleaning schedule and do a little bit each day.

I have had a quilting and laundry day today. I finished quilting my cardinal quilt and made a block for my Splendid Sampler. I have about 30 blocks to go.

I will post a picture of our Natural dyes once I get them organized better.

Have a good afternoon.

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Carol--cleaning is great exercise!!! Good for you.
Meg--dealing with parents is huge!!! As they age, it gets more and more complex (at least it has for me!). An understanding of finance is huge and it can be emotionally draining too. See if they have durable power of attorney papers drawn up. In order for you to help them, it would be helpful for you to have this authority. Once you do start diving into things, keep your own set of records and notes. Ask if they have power of attorney for healthcare (it is a whole different issue, but once they start having issues you will definitely want to know their wishes). If you believe that they are having health issues now but still competent, you may want to ask them if they want you to 'proxy' their health care decisions. Mom has assigned me to be her health care proxy which gives me the legal right to ask questions and see her records--thus help her make health care decisions as well as the giving medical staff permission to call me if they are concerned about her (so I can follow-up and assess the situation). At this point, I keep a very watchful eye on my parents. It is a very difficult situation to 'parent your parents.'

As for me, I have been concentrating on parent issues this week as well as attending to some of my own health prevention tasks. I have a new primary care doctor. I like her very much. Hubby is recovering well. I hope to get some quilting done today, but I have lots of cooking and some more exercising to do.

One interesting note: Dopamine response and its relationship to artificial sweeteners was discussed in one of those on line webinars that I am taking. Artificial sweeteners like in diet sodas stimulate dopamine (which gives you a pleasure responset). An increase in dopamine makes you want to eat, but the diet sweetener has 0 calories so leptin (hormone that senses you are full--had enough calories) is never triggered. This is the explanation for why artificial sweeteners can make you hungry--especially in 0 or very low calorie beverages/foods. I avoid them but have had that hungry response to them when I did use them. It was also discussed that animal studies have shown that animals who are addicted to both sugar and cocaine choose sugar over cocaine when given a choice! No wonder why it is so hard to kick that sugar habit/craving!!!!!!!

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That makes sense on both ends, both hiring and letting go. I'm so happy that you're reaching some serenity. That is absolutely wonderful. Enjoy your day and your appointments.

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When I was really busy with my business, it was important to have a housekeeper but now, I feel she invades my space when she comes and we aren't that pleased with her so we are going to let her go. I actually enjoyed getting back into the cleaning or the bathroom yesterday, finding things in the corner covered in dust that she could have washed off. This is a good thing and will save us money.
Today I have two appointments. After taking the day off yesterday and doing some sewing, I am at peace. Carol

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Housekeeping is a service we wanted to budget for when we moved into this house. And unfortunately things keep coming up that put it out of reach. We've been finding out lately what being in the sandwich generation really means. DH's kids have pretty much finally mostly launched, except his youngest, who frankly after telling us to kick rocks at every attempt to help him get on a path to a career, is now his mom's problem. If she's happy with him living at home working part time at Wendy's and not paying rent that's between her and him. But the other ones, aside from us kicking in occasionally for random pop ups, they're doing well. But on the other side, now his parents have pretty much collapsed financially. I'm not sure how people go through their entire lives without a basic understanding of finances. But they have. His dad is now in long term care/hospice because he decided that he was done living and is doing everything in his power to accelerate his end. They're leveraged up to their ears and may make $1000 too much/year to be eligible for medicaid (we're waiting to see if they've been approved) and their medicare gap coverage stopped on Monday. DH has been working with his mom to unearth how deep the debt hole goes and got her set up with online banking so that he can help her understand what is coming in, what bills there are, and what, if anything is leftover and how much we're going to have to cover.

This wound up being a lot longer and a lot more information than I intended to share publicly, but I'm guessing that a lot of people in this group are dealing, have dealt, or will be dealing with this soon. The lessons we've learned in the past month are 1) if possible, understand what your parents' financial situation and health insurance situation is now if at all possible. 2) Make sure that both people in the marriage know and understand what is going on financially. 3) Do whatever it takes to get out of debt. Stop going out, stop tithing, stop buying random stuff until there's no more debt. 4) Get the best health insurance possible and know what it covers.

I guess the bottom line is that me and DH will be cleaning our own house for the foreseeable future. LOL

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MWESTICH, I wish we had a Red Robbin near us. Would love a burger in lettuce wrap.

Carol, I had to let my house keeper go 2 years ago when I lost my job. It hasn't been too bad, I have a regular schedule I follow (I like my schedules) and it stays clean enough for me.



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Meg glad to hear your Dad is on the mend

Carol yep give her the boot and clean for yourself: more money to buy new clothes! Tee he

MWestich brrrrr I bet it is bitter near those lakes. Good for you on the scale movement.

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Hello everyone!
It is quite cold here (SW PA) but we mostly didn't get much snow. I went out with my husband last night and ended up at Red Robin. I ordered a sandwich that came in lettuce instead of bread and a side of broccoli. Even though we ate way too late the scales were down this morning! And, I got most of another lap quilt's pieces cut out before we left.

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So today, my cleaning girl was supposed to come and I could not face her visit.l She doesnt do all that good of a job and my husband and I have long felt we should let her go and do it ourselves. I am going to give her 2 weeks pay and send her off. I might pay her to go and clean my sons home that he is moving out of but we'll see. At any rate, I cleaned some door jambs that were filthy and really bothering me and I cleaned one bathroom that I use all the time. My husband can clean his bathroom. That's where I am. Feels good to have a clean bathroom. At least I know what I did. Carol

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Julie - I'm really curious about the colors that you end up with from your dyes. Can you post some pictures of the finished wool?

It's cold here today so it doesn't look like any of the snow is going to melt. And since I pulled a tick off of me a couple weeks ago, I'm really hoping that it kills the ones that have emerged. I'm taking my dad home today, he's doing a lot better and seems to be mostly recovered from his bronchial infection. It's been a pretty scary week, I've never seen him that sick and am just happy that he's better and didn't end up in the hospital. And work has finally slowed down to a manageable level, so that's been a relief and it allows me to do some creative things.

I'm pretty excited for this evening when I get to dig through my stash for fabrics to use on the other guest room accent pillow and start picking fabrics for Delilah.

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I am hoping to teach my great niece to quilt this summer. I have already talked to her mom about it. Maybe mom will try also.

We are having another wool dyeing day. We are trying red cabbage.

I did get started on quilting my cardinal quilt yesterday and may get some time latter to quilt.

Have a good day.

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sharing fabric is a good thing and so rewarding. Carol

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Carol, it will all come back when you start sewing.

It was cool (48) and drizzly all day, so we stayed inside and I got a good bit of quilting done today. I have used all 12 bobbins I had filled, so decided to stop for the day. Tomorrow I'll fill them back up and get started again.

Kelly (our house guest) asked if she could watch me quilt, of course I said yes. She said it looks like fun. I think we may have a new quilter. Goodness knows I have enough fabric for her to use.



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I have not used my quilter, Platypus for 2 months. I'm afraid to forget how to use it. When I finally finish the March UFO, I will sandwich and quilt it as it is small. Carol

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I have been using thee Frixion pen also and love it.

I hope to get quilting on my cardinal quilt this afternoon. I got the batting I needed yesterday but didn't have time once we got home to get started.

It is a beautiful sunny day out but its only 10 out.

Have good day.

Julie


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My quilt shop started carrying the Pilot Frixion pen. They have been the best fabric markers that I've found and the marks come out with heat, so they disappear when you press the fabric.

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Welcome new members! And heavens no, most of us are not experts or prolific! (at least me).
I'm from central Illinois, about 35 miles northeast of Peoria. I've made bed quilts but anymore, I make lots of baby sized, lap and small little projects like table runners and purses. Luckily I have a friend that has a longarm because I don't have the room, or the inclination, to machine quilt. I used to do all hand quilting but now I only do that for my grandchildren's first quilt from me.

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Guess I need to add a toothbrush to my list of tools.

I'm making progress on the wedding quilt, but it is really using a lot of thread. I got more today while I was out doing errands just to make sure I have enough. I've used 9 bobbins so far and am just 1/4 the way through. There are a lot of start-stops and advancing the quilt small amounts. I'm thinking about getting longer rails so I can rotate the quilts and do the side borders in one pass with out so many starts and stops.


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3) fruit or veggie with each meal
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Susan when using chock markers you need to use a light hand.
JUST DO NOT PLACE IT INTO THE DRYER UNTIL the marks are out.

Sometimes you can use a toothbrush and brush them out. Good luck.

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We ended up with about 4 inches of snow. We were able to get to Joanns so I could get the quilt batting I needed. We were also able to get cat found. Speaking of cats, my 3 plus the dog is sitting here watching me, thinking its time for dinner. Oh well they can wait a little while.

I didn't get any sewing time in today. I have been being lazy since we got back from Madison. I have orchestra tonight.

Have a good afternoon.

Julie

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Working on more bags for AWANA and then onto the bird garlands.

With God, ALL things are possible-Daisy*chick

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MWESTICH, you are one busy lady. I don't know how you find time to sleep.

Susan, I have never used a Chaco marker so I can't help. You are welcome on the team even if you just think about sewing.

Julie, hope the snow isn't too bad.

Our power was out this morning for about 3 hours. I guess they were replacing the pole that was knocked over last night. Good news is DGS is feeling better and picking on his brother today. No fever, so he gets to go to school tomorrow.

I'm making slow progress on the wedding quilt. I had hoped to be able to quilt each "flower" in 2 sections, but just can't manage with my machine. Lesson learned, smaller blocks.


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1) walk/ride 30 minutes
2) organize something in my home
3) fruit or veggie with each meal
4) sew 1 bobbin full
5) do a good deed

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2) eat a fresh fruit and vegetable daily
3) repair something in my home daily


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MWESTICH, I live near Madison, Wisconsin. I love to quilt, but wouldn't call myself an expert.

Snow hasn't arrived here yet. They are talking 5-8 inches by the end of the day tomorrow. I hope we don't get this much snow because I need to get to Joann's for some quilt batting.

DH went out to our friends farm to move there hunting blind that got blown over in the wind last week, so I got some sewing time in.

We went to the Marshall Spinning Guild meeting this afternoon. It was nice to meet some new people. The guild isn't anything formal but we had a nice time.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Julie




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Hi,

I'm Susan and I haven't posted much (if any) because I haven't made a quilt in months. Is it okay to be on this team if I'm just sewing projects right now?

Anyway, I am in the process of making a tote bag (a bit more complex of a pattern than I'm used to) and I used a yellow Clover Chaco liner to mark the pockets. Imagine my despair when I couldn't get the yellow marks out..... emoticon

I soaked the outer bag in 5 parts water to 2 parts white vinegar and it looks like it's faded but I guess I won't know for sure until it's dry.


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MWESTICH - Welcome! Not all of us sew or quilt a lot! I'm still trying to get back into it after a 5-year hiatus due to work commitments (I traveled - a lot!) My handle is Quilty Engineer, but my name is Nancy and I live in Virginia, a transplant from Chicago these past 33 years!

Bev - think of all the calories a treadle long arm would burn! I'm trying to imagine what one would look like - LOL!

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Thanks again, all, for the welcome. I have been reading posts and info and looking at pictures. Wow! I love how you all work so hard on quilting and have so many great and diverse finished products. I don't have much time to devote to it at present. I still have 5 kids at home and homeschool them. And, of course, there is lots of laundry, dishes, and busyness in general. I have a good friend that owns a quilting shop and someday I hope I can take some classes. Actually my oldest daughter works there, so I read the newsletters and hear about it fondly. We also have a hobby farm of sorts with poultry and a cow. She is due to freshen next month, so if all goes well I will have less time to quilt. I am thinking strongly of trying to make and freeze cheese while she is in high production. I buy a lot of cheese.

I hope you all are having a good Sunday. We had good church this morning and the sun is shining even though we still have snow.

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